Last week I met with a client who is also a dear friend about redesigning several rooms in their home. The first on our list is what is currently their dining room. They have a lovely home with a space that is intended to be a formal dining room, but it just isn't working for them. Your home should work for you, if it doesn't, rethink the rooms and their uses and readjust to make it more functional for your needs. In my friend's case, they entertain a ton, but rarely in the dining room. She is a teacher and will be tutoring and teaching from home this year so we are converting her dining room into an office/class space.
I'm sure you've seen dining spaces converted to an office before, they work beautifully!
Amanda L. Reid via Houzz
You might be wondering about the title for the room. We talked about doing a gallery wall on the main wall of the room and initially discussed penguin classics as wall art. That would be perfect in a room that is an educational office. Then, my client showed me these:
A boxed set of Jane Austen postcards she had purchased on her Summer trip home to England.
They are beautiful!
We decided to use them for the gallery wall and they also provided a perfect color palate for the room. We affectionately dubbed the room "The Jane Austen Project". I wonder if Ms. Austen would have suspected she would be the inspiration for such things.
Within about 20 minutes we had a solid plan for the room. Don't you just love it when things come together?
We'll be using the existing dark wood dining table as the "class table". She has four students and it will provide the perfect place to study. Needing more storage for books and home entertaining essentials, I suggested we get a large hutch to use in the room as well.
Here's a little snippet of what we have so far.
Have you ever repurposed a room to better suit your needs? I would love to hear about how it worked for you.